9 Unique Kare-Kare Dishes and Where to Find them in Manila

A timeless classic.

We can all name one homemade Filipino dish that can never be reinvented by any restaurant. That’s why many establishments want to reinvent these classics into modern works of gastronomical art by tweaking a few ingredients here and there. If you’ve read our posts on unique sisig and sinigang dishes, we now present to you some one of a kind kare-kare (peanut stew) dishes in Metro Manila.

Grilled Kare-Kare – Cerchio

Cerchio is an Asian-Mediterranean fusion restaurant that serves traditional Filipino dishes with a modern twist. Aside from your usual local favorites, Cerchio also serves an array of grilled specialties. READ MORE

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76 Sct Limbaga, Laging Handa, Diliman, Quezon City
(02) 351-5279

Crispy Pork Kare-Kare – Hukad

Hukad is a Cebu-hailed restaurant focused on regional Filipino fare. It traces its roots since 1982 and has a restaurant coverage of more than 25 branches in Visayas and Mindanao. It is most famous for its Lechon de Cebu, Crispy Pata and fresh seafood fare, all of which are flown from Cebu–and did we mention they also serve unli rice? READ MORE

Also read: 10 Best Places to Get Crispy Lechon in Metro Manila

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Fun fact: Hukad is Bisaya for 'to scoop'. You'll be hearing servers going around asking "Hukad pa more?" for rice refills.

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G/F Garden Restaurants, Trinoma Mall, EDSA cor North Ave, Quezon City
(02) 621-5334

Angus Beef Kare-Kare – Lola Cafe + Bar

Lola Cafe + Bar offers Filipino specialty cuisine by Chef John Mangibin. The restaurant is named after the mother of the Sanvictores family, Lola Victoria and is located inside a charming post-WWII era home. READ MORE

Also read: 12 Restaurants in Manila that Serve the Best Filipino Food with Twists
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99 Sct Lozano St, Quezon City
(02) 501-2620

Bagoong Paella with Kare-Kare – Neil’s Kitchen

Neil’s Kitchen is a favorite dining destination in the South that offers reinvented Filipino dishes by Chef Neil Ramos, who was first known for his catering business, The Hills at Silang. 

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Lot C701-704 Westgate Filinvest, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 771-1334

KKK (Krispy Kare Kare) – 7107 Culture + Cuisine

7107 Culture + Cuisine is primarily a culinary and hospitality food hall that aims to promote the heritage and local food of the Filipinos. The place is divided into five different sections, each highlighting the distinctive set of local dishes that the Philippines has to offer from merienda to desserts. READ MORE

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G/F Treston International College, University Parkway District, 32nd St cor C-5 Rd, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(0917) 807-8023

Griddle’s Kare Kare con Lechon Rice – Griddle: Steak X Wings

Griddle is a travel-inspired restaurant that serves comfort food with extraordinary twist. Some of Griddle’s creations include the Grilled Lime Pork Belly and Honey Bagoong Chicken.

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106-B Maginhawa Street, Teacher’s Village, Quezon City
(02) 433-4884

Kare-Kareng Bagnet – Pino Resto Bar

Pino serves your Filipino favorites with a twist and has quickly become one of the must-try restaurants in Teacher’s Village. Aside from their bestselling sisig carbonara, their kare-kareng bagnet is truly worth the extra carbs.

Also read: 10 One-of-a-Kind Sisig Dishes and Where to Find Them in Manila
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39 Malingap St, Teacher Village – East, Quezon City
(02) 441-1773


Kare-Kare Skewers – Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli

Alamat is one of the newest night spots along Poblacion in Makati that aims to serve ‘the best pulutan of your life’. Unique Filipino dishes like kare-kare skewers and bacon bagnet and scene stealers. Pair them with Alamat’s draft beer selection and cocktails. 

Also read: 13 Underrated Late Night Spots in Makati

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2/F 5666 Don Pedro St, Poblacion, Makati
(0917) 530-2580


Bagnet Kare-Kare – Luna J Filipino Gastropub

Inspired by painter and artist Juan Luna, Luna J offers traditional and familiar Filipino dishes from all over the archipelago. It is another venture from TV actor Richard Yap (aka Sir Chief), who also owns Wangfu Bistro restaurants, with partners Ace Wang and Lester Ong.

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G/F IL Terrazzo Mall, 305 Tomas Morato Ave cor Sct Madriñan, South Triangle, Diliman, Quezon City
(02) 373-4668


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